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News at noon: Trump parts ways with campaign manager; Supreme Court upholds assault weapons bans; Obama endorses Crist; tips for making sourdough

Corey Lewandowski speaks with the media before former presidential candidate Ben Carson gives his endorsement to Donald Trump in March at the Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach. [Getty Images]
Corey Lewandowski speaks with the media before former presidential candidate Ben Carson gives his endorsement to Donald Trump in March at the Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach. [Getty Images]
Published Jun. 20, 2016

Donald Trump is parting ways with his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, a move that comes as the presumptive Republican nominee faces challenges as he moves toward the general election. Trump has recently seen his standing dropping in national polls, and is now facing a barrage of ads by Hillary Clinton and her allies.

GUNMAN SAID HE WAS ISLAMIC SOLDIER

Orlando gunman Omar Mateen spoke in Arabic to a 911 dispatcher, identified himself an Islamic soldier and demanded to a crisis negotiator that the U.S. "stop bombing Syria and Iraq," according to transcripts released by the FBI today.

CHOICE AND CHANCE

When Omar Mateen stormed Orlando's Pulse nightclub, more than 300 people had only a heartbeat to try to survive. In the spray of bullets, lives hinged on which way they turned, who fell in front of them, where they chose to hide. There was no way to know which door he would open. Walk through our 3D model and see exactly how chance and choice collided inside Pulse.

HOUSING AUTHORITY FIRES CONTRACTOR

The Tampa Housing Authority has fired the general contractor that is already three-quarters of the way though building a $25.6 million apartment block on the edge of downtown Tampa.The authority on Friday terminated its contract with the Siltek Group, a construction firm based in Plantation that is managing construction of The Tempo at Encore — a 203-unit, seven-story building west of Nebraska Avenue.

FAST TRACK TO RUGBY SUCCESS

When Ally Gallagher was introduced to rugby two years ago as a freshman at Eckerd College, she had no idea how much the sport would change her life. How it would help her deal with sometimes debilitating bouts of anxiety and depression. And how it ultimately led her to Titan, a 3-year old pit bull-pointer mix who is her best friend and constant companion.

COULD DELEGATES CHANGE THE RULES?

Donald Trump has made a string of comments lately that have his fellow party members talking about organizing against him at this summer's Republican National Convention. But given his clear win in the primaries, such a move would violate election law, Trump said on NBC's Meet the Press. PolitiFact puts Trump's statement to the test.

OBAMA ENDORSES CRIST

President Barack Obama today endorsed Charlie Crist for the 13th Congressional District.

ASSAULT WEAPONS BANS REMAIN

The Supreme Court has rejected challenges to assault weapons bans in Connecticut and New York, in the aftermath of the shooting attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando that left 50 people dead.The justices today left in place a lower court ruling that upheld laws that were passed in response to another mass shooting involving a semi-automatic weapon, the elementary school attack in Newtown, Connecticut.

TRUMP WALKS BACK ORLANDO ASSERTION

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday walked back his repeated assertion that the mass shooting at an LGBT Orlando nightclub earlier this month could have been prevented if more people had been equipped with firearms.

TIPS FOR MAKING SOURDOUGH

You are the owner of a sourdough starter. What's the point? Why not just buy bread from the nice guys at the neighborhood bakery? And for that matter, what's wrong with dry yeast? Laura Reiley is not going to sugarcoat it. We do not yet have a wealth of great retail bread in the Tampa Bay area.

TAMPA YOUTH PASTOR ARRESTED

A youth pastor at Openwater Church in Odessa was arrested Saturday and charged with sexual battery on a juvenile, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Samuel Armand Sutter, 26, of Tampa faces five counts of lewd and lascivious behavior with a victim aged 12 to 16, and five counts of sexual battery.

FLORIDA RANKS HIGH FOR INCOME INEQUALITY

The top one percent of wage earners in Florida make $1.27 million on average, nearly 35 times more than the bottom 99 percent, where the average income is $36,530. That places Florida fifth highest among all states in income inequality, according to a new paper by Mark Price of the Keystone Research Center and Estelle Sommeiller of the Institute for Research in Economics and Social Sciences.

WOMAN WANTED FOR STEALING FITBITS

Sheriff's deputies are looking for a woman who stole more than $1,000 worth of FitBits from a Target store in Tampa. Using a security key, the woman stole seven of the FitBit activity-monitoring bracelets from a locked display just after 8:30 p.m. June 9 from the Target at 6295 W. Waters Ave.

News at noon is a weekday feature from tampabay.com. Check in Monday through Friday for updates and information on the biggest stories of the day.

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